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Buying Night Tables and Downloading Chris Brown While Homs Burns

The Guardian got a cache of private emails, apparently from Syria opposition activists, showing that while Bashar al-Assad’s government was slaughtering civilians, blowing up makeshift hospitals and displacing an estimated quarter of a million people, he and especially his wife Asma were busy buying stuff online. She: hundreds of thousands of dollars of handmade furniture,… Continue Reading

The Long Shadow of the Super PAC

The rise of the super PAC has been one of the defining trends of the 2012 election. These non-campaign organizations which, thanks in part to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, can raise and spend unlimited amounts influencing elections have had a staggering impact on how candidates and campaigns get their messages to voters.… Continue Reading

Obama Super PAC Has Trouble Raising Funds

Vice President Joe Biden warned donors about the might of Republican-aligned super PACs. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons Last month, President Obama made the controversial decision to embrace the super PAC dedicated to getting him reelected. But that doesn’t mean that his super PAC, Priorities USA Action, is anywhere close to as successfully fundraising as those… Continue Reading

Occupiers Protest in Support of Libertarian Think Tank

Protesters outside Koch Industries’ D.C. lobbying headquarters. Today, United Republic and Republic Report were joined by a passionate group of activists outside Koch Industries’ downtown Washington lobbying headquarters to criticize the petrochemical billionaire Koch brothers’ attempt to take over the Cato Institute. Cato has a long history of fierce libertarian beliefs, widening the debate in… Continue Reading

Shooting To Kill, But Not Really, Though Sort Of

Pennsylvania park ranger Randy Gregg has designed a replica hunting rifle that’s a digital camera, complete with crosshairs in scope, wherein you pull the trigger and take a picture. Called either KillShot or Harmless Hunter – the name seems to be in flux – he says it’s a great way to teach hunting safety and… Continue Reading

What Can 69 Percent of Americans Agree On?

Most Americans think super PACs should be illegal. Graph via The Washington Post A new poll finds that the majority of all Americans and registered voters alike say super PACs, the non-campaign organizations that can raise and spend unlimited amounts influencing elections, should be illegal. Not only did 69 percent of those polled say that… Continue Reading

BP Profits Off of D.C. Influence Peddling

Following the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began in April 2010, a group of senators attempted to change the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which holds an oil company involved in a spill responsible for only $75 million in economic damages. When the scale of the Gulf spill was shown to… Continue Reading

In the Middle of the Bank, Our House

As a prologue to a March 15 action against bank foreclosures, a crew of Occupiers moved into a Bank of America lobby carting their couch, coffee table and potted plant. More.   “Bank of America took our homes, so we thought we’d move in here.” Source Article from Continue Reading

Steve Jobs and American Jobs

The economy added another 227,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported Friday. That’s good news, sort of. It means that the recovery is slowly progressing. At this rate, we will be back to pre-recession employment levels sometime around 2018. However, this growth in jobs was not enough for wages to keep place with inflation;… Continue Reading